Filer Searching For a Feeling

The linebacker position has been a recruiting priority for the Michigan Wolverines this year, and Chicago Mt. Caramel's Steve Filer has emerged as one of their top targets. GoBlueWolverine caught of with the talented youngster to discuss his recent trip to the Great Lake State to check out the Maize & Blue. Does he have a leader?

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"It was a nice visit," Filer said reflecting back on his visit to Ann Arbor over the Easter weekend.  "I had a nice time.  It was a fast practice.  They have some good players and they have some nice academic facilities for student athletes.  I was really impressed by that.  They had really nice facilities."

Michigan linebackers' coach Steve Szabo spent a lot of time with Filer and his father breaking down film and showing the youngster how he'd be utilized.  The Windy City prospect believes his game would fit in well.

"I think they want me at the WILL (weakside linebacker)," said Filer.  "That's fine because my game is a mix between power and speed.  I play fast and I play hard.  My father told me that somebody said my biggest weakness is my pass coverage.  I really don't think that's my weakness at all.  I think people try to make a weakness when they can't find one."

The Wolverines presentation has put them on strong footing in Filer's recruitment.  Though always under consideration, Michigan (and every other school for that matter) seemed to be chasing Notre Dame.  Filer, however, indicated that he doesn't have a leader at this point.

"I couldn't really say there is one team at the top of my list," he said.  "I won't say that because there are a lot of schools that I haven't visited."

While there may not be a definitive number one, Filer's father told GoBlueWolverine last week that there are three schools currently sharing the distinction of favorite; Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. What does one of those schools have to do to set itsef apart?

"I don't think there's anything they can really do at this point," Filer said.  "All of the schools are recruiting me hard.  Some schools text, some schools send letters… they are all recruiting me equally.  It's going to be a feel.  If I have the  type of feel with it where I fit in, I feel like it's my place, and I feel like it's right for me, then that's what is going to determine it."

When Filer mentions fit, he isn't just talking about on the football field.  He is talking about off of it as well.

"Really, right now for me (the most significant factor) is the education," said Filer.  "If I say I graduated from that school, I want to know my education would be recognized.  If I'm up for a job I want (the potential employer) to be able to look at what college I want them to be really impressed."

Filer's weeding out process will most likely commence in the fall.  With no plans to attend summer camps, he will probably wait to take official visits in the fall before making his choice.

"It's really not likely that I'll make an early the decision," he said.  "It doesn't seem possible to do that because there are so many good colleges out there and I want to evaluate every single one of them."

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